Who can apply for the Course Approval?
The Approval is granted to courses reviewed in detail and proposed by European Member Societies of the EFC, or European developed courses supported by the European Member Societies, who are responsible for the course content and delivery.
What course can be approved?
The course has to be focused on corrosion, corrosion prevention, or corrosion protection, and properly governed.
How can a Member Society apply for the Course Approval?
The application of a Member Society comprises submission of a questionnaire on the course governance, which can be downloaded from this site.
How the approval process looks like?
The questionnaire shall be delivered by e-mail to the EFC Scientific Secretary at roman.bender(at)dechema.de. It will be examined by the EFC Course Endorsement Committee composed of four volunteers approved by STAC and the EFC Scientific Secretary. In case of doubts on the course outcomes, content, and governance, the Committee can ask the applicant for additional information. The EFC Scientific Secretary shall inform the applicant about the outcome of the assessment within 3 months after the first delivery of the documents.
Is there any Course Approval fee?
The Approval fee is 500 Euro for the first labelled course of a Member Society and 300 Euro for any further course or course re-examination. The fee covers a three-year period starting on the day the Approval fee is paid.
Is there any reduction for early adopters of the Scheme?
Indeed, Member Societies applying for the Course Approval in 2021 or 2022 are entitled to the fee reduction. The first labelled course of a Member Society costs only 300 Euro and any further course additional 100 Euro.
What advantage the Course Approval brings to Member Societies?
Member Societies can use the EFC Course Approval and the Logofor promotion of the endorsed courses for a period of 3 years. The course Approval assures high professional standards of any training activity, helping thus Member Societies attract more attendees. All approved courses will be listed on the EFC website with links to course providers, which will simplify the access of corrosionists to the appropriate training.
What should a Member Society do if there is any substantial change in the course governance or content?
The Committee has to be informed within 2 months after the change occurs. The Committee will decide whether a new examination of the application is necessary. It can decide to revoke the Course Approval.
What to do after the 3-year period is over?
If there is no substantial change in the course governance and content, the applicant Member Society is not obliged to re-apply for the course Approval after its expiration. The Approval may be renewed upon a simple written request addressed to the Committee via the EFC Scientific Secretary and, subject to agreement of the Committee, payment of a 3-year Approval fee. The Committee may determine to call for re-application if there are any doubts relating to the validity of the use of the Approval, or the use of the Logo, or the course quality and outcomes.
Where more information about the Scheme can be obtained?
Detail description of the Scheme is given in the document entitled Rules for the EFC Approved Course Label Scheme Granted by the European Federation of Corrosion, which can be downloaded from this site.